Valentine’s Day Inspiration

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would round up ways to incorporate pinks + reds in your wardrobe, along with a ton of inspiration!

I’ll be honest. I’m not particularly a big fan of this holiday. In fact, I refer to it as GALentine’s Day because I love any excuse to wear a red dress and dress up for all my gal pals. Whether you’re spending the night on a date, going to see a romantic movie, or even spending it in the most casual setting, I hope these looks inspire you to be bold and try something new this year.

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And just to throw in last year’s Valentine’s Day look, for good measure! 😉

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P.S. feel free to follow along on my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board!

ALSO, there’s a $500 PayPal giveaway I’m hosting over on my blog…

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5 Tips For the New Year

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I’m the type of person who finds solace in reflecting back on a year’s worth of memories.
They say that you shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about the past, but I find it just as worthy to look back at old mistakes in order to learn from them. If anything, struggles and difficult people I’ve encountered in the past have made me stronger as a person. Though I do admit that I’m guilty of wanting to change the past, I still keep my focus set on the present, in order to achieve what I want in the future.

Whether it’s academic achievements, meeting new friends, spending time with family or traveling, it’s always interesting to look back and see how far you’ve come. This helps me understand where I strayed off the path and how to do better and be better the next time around.

Instead of sharing my New Year’s resolutions, I thought I would compile a list of 5 tips to keep in mind as we head into 2016.

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Tip #1: Change your perspective and attitude.

Though I don’t particularly believe in the “new year, new me” slogan, because someone cannot “change” from one day to the next, I do believe that you can change your perspective and attitude towards certain people and things. Over the years, I’ve grown to understand that even when you think nobody’s watching, someone always is. Be mindful of your surroundings and be able to handle your attitude about something that doesn’t go your way.

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Tip #2: Invest in people who invest in you.

I mentioned before that I have encountered many difficult people in my life. Most of the time, I wish that I had never met them and wonder what would have happened if I had chosen to walk away. Instead of trying to fix the past, try learning from your mistakes. Take time to notice who cares enough to stay in your life and be the type of person you’re striving to meet. I do think we meet the wrong people in order to find the right ones.

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Tip #3: Understand that hard work never goes unnoticed.

The hardest part is being patient. I’m especially reminding myself of this because I am quite possibly the most impatient person you’ll ever meet. However, I’ve learned to control that and not let it show. Better yet, I’ve learned to change my perspective in the situation. This tip is also mindful for all you bloggers out there who are working hard to take your blog to the next level, or students striving to get into the college of your dreams, or anyone wanting to attain a goal that seems nearly impossible. Don’t. Give. Up. Success doesn’t come easy. You have to work for it.

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Tip #4: Stop comparing yourself to everyone else.

#guilty. We all do it. Comparison is the thief of joy, and all it does is tear you down. Let’s be real. Instead of beating yourself up over someone else’s success, let this be a challenge for you. Challenge yourself / push yourself to be the better version of you. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, let yourself be your competition.

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Tip #5: Smile and laugh more.

I think we underestimate the power of smiling. Laughter is the best medicine, is it not? I think we worry too much on life’s little problems and it gets the best of us. Instead, try learning to breathesmile, and enjoy life. When you’re going through a stressful situation, try pausing the moment and remind yourself that life is about the journey, not the destination.

Even if these are tips you already use, it’s always good to have a reminder from time to time.

Thanks for reading!
Feel free to follow along on Pinterest for more inspiration, and be sure to head over to my blog Gracefullee Made!

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3 Looks To Wear for the Holidays

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It’s safe to say that the holidays bring out the stress in everyone.

Between decorating the tree, dashing to Target for last minute gifts, baking holiday treats, and Christmas shopping, it’s almost too tempting to reach for your oversized sweater and a pair of leggings as your holiday attire.

I get it. Holiday madness is a real thing.

But that’s no excuse for downplaying your holiday wardrobe. Which is why I wanted to share 3 looks that you can wear for Thanksgiving (tomorrow!), any holiday party, and New Year’s Eve.

Look #1: Thanksgiving

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top // suede skirt // OTK boots // cape // earrings

Okay, stretchy pants. No jeans. Over sized top so no one judges you for that third slice of pumpkin pie. I know the rules.

But besides that new caramel apple pie in the corner of the dessert table, why not try something new? Opt for a cape and a soft turtleneck top underneath and finish with a pair of statement earrings that make for the perfect conversation starter.

Look #2: Holiday Party

WTWHolidayPartyblouse // midi skirt // booties // earrings // gift box clutch // lipstick

Just about anyone and everyone will show up in a sequin dress. Except you, that is. Opt for a satin red midi skirt with black and gold accessories. Try a teased high curled pony and finish with a bright red lip.

P.S. how cute is that gift box clutch?!

Look #3: New Year’s EveWTWNewYearsEvedress // glitter pumps // earrings // red bag // Essie polish // lipstick

Another NYE’s party, another reason to wear sequins.

I’m a sucker for a good sequin dress for New Year’s Eve festivities. This one from H&M has the right amount of sparkle to really make the glitter pumps POP. Not to mention, this Essie polish is a must for all those Instagram shots you’ll be taking all night!

I hope these looks inspire you to not only stress about what to wear for the holidays, but to also try a look you’ve never tried before. You don’t have to wait for a new year to change up your style.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading!

Be sure to come check out my blog for more of my personal style and lots of inspiration!

P.S. I host a What I Wore Wednesday link-up every Wednesdays with my two co-hosts, so come link-up your blog and share your favorite look! We pick two features every week.

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